Protect Citizens from Gossip, Hearsay by Anonymous Media Sources
Posted in the North York Forum
Since: Aug 08
#1 May 26, 2013
The personal reputation of every Canadian from whatever province they reside or make their living must be shielded from story generated journalism and reporters acting like legally constituted police investigator or officers of our judicial system which they are not.
Under our Charter of Rights; Freedoms and the Canadian Constitution the rights of all citizens must be protected, be they non public figures or elected representatives of the public, and all are to be presumed innocent until legally and beyond any reasonable doubt in a court of law found otherwise.
Mob rule public opinion guilt spread through muckraking bulling editorials and journalistic news making stories are neither reliable, relevant or permitted evidence in issues before the courts.
Recently media corporations, such as the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, with their editorials, reporting and story journalism having being based on gossip, hearsay and anonymous dubious sources of what or whom is unsubstantiated and has not or cannot be independently legally verifiable or even judicially acceptable in our courts of law have in my opinion adequately shown that they must be reigned in and clamped down on for such muckraking at the direct expense of a citizens character and that of his or her family through legislation.
Such legislation must be enacted to protect the personal reputations of all Canadian individuals, their spouse, family and children from media corporations rush to judgment and opinions based on allegations from scurrilous anonymous sources of gossip; hearsay and theory as offered up as editorial opinions and journalistic stories.
To quote Justice J.E. Scanlan,guilt or innocence is NOT based on rumor, speculation or reputation. An accused is not tried(in the media, courts or public opinion) based on what he/she may have done before rather the evidence related to the matter in issue.
In my opinion, unprofessional editorials and journalistic stories lately have forgone any sense of professionalism or basic human decency.
Perhaps it is because of their own or their employers distinct motives as based on their particular political ideologies and philosophies, I am not sure but it seems that way.
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